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Old Crafty Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Crafty HenOld Crafty Hen

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184 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GreenCard on 10-17-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mmilyko, Jun 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

PremyslHrubon, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the "Hen House" fourpack of pint + bottles by Greene King/Morland I have tried. Poured from the 16.9 oz. clear bottle into a Samual Smith English tulip pint glass.

a. Deep rich delicious-looking medium amber grows a 3/4 inch white head which dissipates slowly to a heavy white surface film with ringing and light lacing.

s: Nothing notable at first, but on drinking, a light malty aroma.

t&m: Smooth and very pleasant, little hop bite or fruitiness. But then if I want the latter, I'd buy a good IPA. Aftertaste telegraphs that you've just had a damn good beer.

o: One of the best British ales I've had in years. Superb with the lobster dinner it accompanied.

Bottom line to my Hen House experience is: if you like British ale and have a chance to buy the fourpack, don't pass it up. They're all good and all a little different. Only drawback is the clear bottles risk skunky aromas, but just one of mine even suggested that.

scotorum, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: great clarity, surprisingly pale gold color, much lighter than most English IPA, white, sticky, fluffy head

Aroma: Strong citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange, very little to no detectable malt aroma, clean yeast

Taste: fruity, citrusy, spritzy carbonation, much more American than English, very soft pale malt backbone that is only detectable really in the body; hops flavors ring through start to finish with a mildly bitter medium finish

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, carbonation lightens the body, you can only tell its medium bodied if you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing; very easy drinking, medium bitter, somewhat dry finish
Overall Impression: For a beer that is ranked this highly on Beeradvocate’s top beers in Britain, I honestly expected more. It is a little too light in body and malt character, and uses obviously American hops, to be considered an English IPA. When compared to the best Ameican IPAs, this would not have a prayer to make the top 50. That being said, it is quite refreshing, light on the palate, and thirst quenching.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than amber, this Hen is almost red, with sharp, bright clarity. About half a finger is what's ultimately left after puffing up tall on the pour. It's a sturdy head, though, and it sticks around for a full session, depositing steady, even lacing as it does.
A little bit buttery, as I'm coming to expect in some cases, it's otherwise grassy with a biscuity malts backbone. Some citrus zest and a surprisingly sturdy floral and citrus hops, and fruity esters sans the big alcohol bite some Americans bring to it adds up to a good, strong beer with a nice balance. The flavor brings out a touch of caramel sweetness and a spicy bite, as well as a touch of brown sugar and more dark fruits for more underlying sweetness, but certainly not cloying.
Interestingly, the body, while on the light side of medium, has a powdery touch of dryness to it. It never gets too slick or thin, and displays a consistent crispness while still being smooth, though the crispness just nips.

Brenden, Jun 03, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: orange-y-amber, initially hazy... lil more than 1/4" head stays after a more voluminous stand on the pour, messy collar later, nil on lace... clears a good bit as it warms, but not totally.... there IS some legs?!

S: weird - almost like a Euro pale lager while it's pouring (Heineken?!?!).... estery and surprisingly hoppy while the head still exists.... as it settles, straight caramel chews and a clean English fruity ester

T: plant flavor and bitterness? dandelion greens come to mind.... a standout, enhanced malt richness and depth compared to their other products.... slightest warm, spicy alcohol in the aftertaste... almost white wine vinous set against a mildly-burnt caramel.... dense caramel with some slickness and a honey-ish quality.... bit of toasty pale malt late and a grassy bitterness.... one whose familiar could taste the Old Speckled....

M: soft and smooth with a touch of a powdery feel... little bit of a tart prickle up front on the tongue tip.... kind of medium-bodied.... warmth gradually builds while a mild phenolic burn lingers (made me think of Carlsberg Special Brew for some reason).... quite dry enough actually

O: has some certain qualities worth savoring... increases exponentially in enjoyability as it goes... comes of like an enhanced Old Speckled... very well-balanced aside from the mild alc/yeast bite

Bouleboubier, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

bigbeerfan, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

baklo, May 27, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, amber color with a frothy, long-lasting head with plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Raisins, spicy hops and cereal grains with a woody aroma.

Taste: Initial taste is brandy-like with dark fruits, oak and a subtle taste of liquorice while on the palate. Aftertaste is a perfect blend of sweet, dark fruit flavors and a dry bitter. Mouth-feel is medium with almost no detectable carbonation. A smooth and buttery swallow.

This is a difficult-to-find brew that I've been hunting for 3 or 4 years. I am happy to report that it has been well worth the hunt and the wait. This one just might make it into my top-10 list!

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 pt., 0.9 oz. (0.5 liter) clear glass bottle (not dated) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy honey golden. There is slight effervesce from the bottom of the glass. The head was a very thin layer of foam that dissipated quickly into a ring that persisted.

Aroma: Very slight skunkiness (but not objectionable) followed by sweet maltiness with some hops and grassiness. Not a strong aroma overall.

Taste: Hits the tongue initially with a rich but very well balanced malt/hops pairing. After swallowing, there is a marked honey-like sweetness that gives way to a grassy, hoppy bitterness that persists for a while.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to low carbonation. The rich flavor works with the moderate body to give this beer a good feel in the mouth.

Overall: I bought this in a 4-pack with three other "Old Hen" offerings from Morland based on my good opinion of "Old Speckled Hen". This one is called a "superior fine ale" on the bottle, and by comparison to OSH, it is -- mainly due to the rich maltiness and sweetness (both of which I am a fan). I will look for this again and would consider it something of a special occasion beer. (This has been discussed in the forums [http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/clear-bottles.23175/], but I'm surprised that there's so little skunkiness [only a slight skunky aroma] as these beers are sold in clear bottles.)

breakingbland, Apr 29, 2013
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Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head that settles to a thin lacing
S: Sweet caramel/toffee, roasted grains, & a bit of fruitiness
T: Matches the nose - brown sugar & its associated candies initially, some malt & a fruit-driven finish
M: Medium-bodied but the sweetness makes it a bit syrupy; I would prefer more crispness
O: Very solid brew. I bought a four-pack "hen house" sampler from the brewery and this is by far the best of the four

ONUMello, Apr 10, 2013
Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.